In a game that was pretty interesting start to finish, with a shocking ending, the Celtics defeated the Heat 111-110 to fall to 4-3 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists. Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 18 points but missed 2 free throws with less than a second left.
For the Celtics, Jeff Green scored 24 points and hit the game winning 3 at the buzzer. Avery Bradley contributed 17 points and Jordan Crawford put in 15 points.
This game was far closer than it needed to be. The Heat’s defense was like that of a team that was not interested in the game. They gave up a lot of easy baskets, as shown by the Celtics shooting 51.7% from the field, and 47% from 3.
The Heat’s defense was very uncharacteristic early on, as the Celtics were able to shoot 60% from the field, and 55% from the 3-point line as they took a 60-59 lead into halftime.
We all know the Heat are not very interested in the early part of the season. But this is a slightly disturbing loss, given how poorly the defense was. Hopefully, this effort was more of a blip than a trend. If there was a bright spot to take away from the game, it was Michael Beasley’s performance in the first half, scoring 10 points in 8 minutes of work.
Miami’s next game is at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, November 12th. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.